It’s hard to believe that another year has already passed and that it’s time for the 2017 South Carolina Environmental Conference (SCEC). Here we come Myrtle Beach!! With over 1,600 people, 200 booths, 160 technical sessions, and continuous networking opportunities the SCEC continues to be ranked as one of the largest and most highly attended water conferences on the east coast. That is a testament to the cooperation and support of our two great organizations, the South Carolina Section of the American Waterworks (SCAWWA) and Water Environment Association of South Carolina (WEASC).
Why do we all attend the SCEC year after year? “FOR OUR WATER”
We have a thirst to learn about new innovative approaches to address water issues, and to encourage and assist the communities we live in to make real progress in their water protection, conservation and stewardship. It makes us feel proud when we bring back concepts we learned at SCEC to increase the quality of life in our communities through the wise management and protection of our valuable water resources. Our attendance at the conference helps us to coordinate with our neighbors, involve and educate our communities; raise water consciousness; and make a real commitment to our invaluable, irreplaceable water resources, For Our Water.
We know each person attends the SCEC for a different reason, networking/fellowship, education, exhibits, awards, or competitions to name a few. That is why our Conference Management Committee (CMC) has been hard at work making sure we have something for everyone. We think the CMC has done a great job enhancing your 2017 SCEC experience. Just take a look at this snazzy brochure they rolled out this year! We also wanted to highlight a few of the other enhancements:
- The Opening Session has been moved up to an early time on Sunday morning (10:45 – 12:00) to truly represent the opening of the conference. You won’t want to miss our keynote speaker, Kevin Mills with the South Carolina Aquarium.
- Something that is near and dear to both our hearts are the competitions, such as Operations Challenge, Pipe Tapping, Meter Madness, Top Ops, Hydrant Hysteria, Best Tasting Water and the student poster competition. What a great way to recognize and spotlight the highly talented operators, utilities and young students we have throughout our state.
- Don’t forget our SCAWW/WEASC awards will be handed out Monday at 11:35 during the Award Ceremony, immediately proceeding the open conference lunch.
- SCAWWA members, get ready for an early morning on Tuesday, as we have moved the traditional luncheon to a breakfast meeting. We have ordered extra coffee and wake up calls.
- We are giving the 5-S members a heads up that we moved the 5-S meeting to a luncheon on Tuesday. Henry has already said he is expecting a banner year for donations from this change.
We encourage everyone to stick around for our Grand Finale Block Party Tuesday evening. Plane Jane will be rocking it outside in front of the convention center by the fountain, where we will have great networking opportunities while enjoying evening refreshments. We hope to see you there!
Please make plans to join us at the 2017 SCEC, “For Our Water”. We look forward to seeing you in Myrtle Beach!
Jay Darby, WEASC President
David Niesse, SCAWWA Section Chair